A medieval epic

PIER FRANCESCO MOLA (1612-1666) Erminia and Vanfrino tending the wounded Tancred (c.1653) Oil on canvas: 69 x 92 cm The Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco   Born in a small village near Lugano, Pier Francesco Mola moved to cosmopolitan Rome with his family in 1616. His father, a respected architect, was the author of …

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A dashing Guards officer

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS (1723-1792) Captain George K. H. Coussmaker (1782) Oil on canvas (238 x 145 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Painted in 1782, this is one of Reynolds' finest works. He devoted an exceptionally large number of sittings to this portrait; he had twenty-one appointments with the young Coussmaker between February 9 …

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